Nandakumar Nagaraja, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Phone: (352) 273-5550
Fax: (352) 273-5575

Department of Neurology

University of Florida College of Medicine
HSC Box 100236
Gainesville, FL 32610-0236 

Dr. Nandakumar Nagaraja is a Vascular Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Nagaraja worked at the University of Iowa as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology for 3 years before coming to University of Florida. He is board certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology.

Clinical Interests

Acute stroke treatment
Interdisciplinary stroke care
Stroke outcomes

Research Interests

Understanding the pathophysiology of acute ischemic stroke with neuroimaging
Stroke in young adults

Teaching Interests

Teaching residents and medical students in topics related to stroke

Awards and Recognition

Resident of the Year Award – Department of Neurology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI.
Academic Excellence Award Program in Neuroscience – College of Staten Island / City University of New York, Staten Island, NY

Professional Society Affiliations

American Heart Association / American Stroke Association
American Academy of Neurology

Medical Education

Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, India, 2002


Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 2008


Neurology Residency, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2011


Vascular Neurology and SPOTRIAS Fellow, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 2013
NIH StrokeNet Fellow, University of Iowa – Regional Coordinating Center, Iowa City, IA, 2014-15

Additional Education

MS Neuroscience, College of Staten Island / City University of New York, NY, 2007
MS Translational Biomedicine, University of Iowa, IA, 2016

Selected Publications

Lee YJ, Bernstock JD, Nagaraja N, Ko B, Hallenbeck JM. Global SUMOylation facilitates the multimodal neuroprotection afforded by quercetin against the deleterious effects of oxygen/glucose deprivation and the restoration of oxygen/glucose. J Neurochem. 2016;138:101-116.

Leira EC, Zaheer A, Schnell T, Torner JC, Olalde HM, Pieper AA, Ortega-Gutierrez S, Nagaraja N, Marks NL, Adams HP Jr. Effect of helicopter transport on neurological outcomes in a mouse model of embolic stroke with reperfusion: AIR-MICE pilot study. Int J Stroke. 2015; Suppl A100:119-124.

Nagaraja N, Adams HP Jr, Merino JG. Validation of the association between neurologic improvement with decline in blood pressure and recanalization in stroke – in reply. JAMA Neurol. 2015; 72:477-478.

Nagaraja N, Warach S, Hsia AW, Adams HP Jr, Auh S, Latour LL, Merino JG. Association between neurologic improvement with decline in blood pressure and recanalization in stroke. JAMA Neurol. 2014; 71:1555-1558.

Nagaraja N, Adams HP Jr. Alteplase in acute ischemic stroke: putting the guidelines into practice. CNS Drugs. 2014; 28:1035-1045.

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